Gold Coast Gardening Expo with a twist
THE upcoming Gold Coast Gardening Expo, hosted by Botanical Bazaar and supported by Tropical Fruit World, promises to have everything a green thumb could want, but with a twist.
Visitors will have the chance to taste test an array of exotic and unique tropical and bush fruits; participate in parsley paper seed making; find the perfect designer hand-painted pot; purchase plants from the large variety on offer or choose to take home some botanical art to compliment the home.
For those who prefer to sit back and watch the grass grow, they can do so with a coldie - supplied by Stone & Wood Brewery, garden ale and a kharma keg will be on offer, with all proceeds going to charity.
Organiser Stacey Panozzo said the seed to establish such an expo was planted in her mind a few years ago.
"I fell in love with air plants three years ago and my fascination with exotic plants and foods has continued to grow," she said.
The inaugural show is already highly sought after by exhibitors and promises to become a flourishing niche event on the Australian gardening calendar for many years to come.
"We are bursting with unique exhibitors who are showcasing within the Currumbin RSL large function rooms, plus outside on their balcony," Stacey said.
"There's also a separate conference room which will play host to the Education Hub.
"Tickets are already being snapped up online, so we are really excited to get the event under way."
Entry is $10 and includes access to the Education Hub, which will showcase talks including Organic Gardening by popular horticulturalist and presenter Phil Dudman; Learn to Maintain Native Stingless Bees by Bee Yourself and a professional apiarist; Raising Backyard Chooks by the knowledgeable and highly-sought Claire Bickle; Vertical Gardening Tips by Akeko Vertical Gardens; and Cheese Making and Tasting by Green Living Australia.
Supported by Tropical Fruit World, expo-goers can also get a crash course in successfully growing fruit trees, or book into the Collaborations with Nature workshop hosted by acclaimed Sydney botanical artist, Shona Wilson.
Those who pre-purchase tickets online will receive a free air plant from Air Plant Designs or a dragon fruit cutting from Tropical Fruit World.
The Gold Coast Gardening Expo will be held at the Currumbin RSL, Waterside Events Rooms on Sunday, August 30 from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
For more information, visit www.botanicalbazaar.com.au.